"Before Black (To See or Not to See)" (1997)

"Before Black (To See or Not to See)," 1997
Acrylic latex, stain, and copper penny on paper, 60 x 37 1/2 inches
Private collection
Photo by Beth Phillips
Courtesy Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

"Some black folks really see the images and say, 'That's us, but at the same time that's not us.' So they're caught right in between it. Some white folks see the images and smile and laugh, and some are really concerned and disturbed. And some are quite confused, just as confused as blacks are..."

- Michael Ray Charles